Defense TechConnect

DECEMBER 3-5, 2024   

CHALLENGES & AWARDS - December 3-5 • Austin, TX

Accelerating Innovation for the Nation

Join the nation's largest innovation matchmaking program aligned with national technology priorities and federal funding opportunities. Showcase and pitch your innovations to leading investors, corporate scouts, and over $50B in federal funding authority. Our government and industry customers are seeking top emerging technologies across most all technology domains, with a special interest in innovations with dual-use industry and government applications.

  • 1000+ Prospecting Partners
  • $50B in Funding Authority
  • 50+ Contracting Offices
  • 2500 1-on-1 Meetings

Don't miss this opportunity, and submit your technology today for consideration!

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Topics Include:

  • Energy & Resilience
  • Medical, Health, Biotech
  • Microelectronics & Sensors
  • Mobility & Transportation
  • Cyber & Critical Infrastructure
  • AI & Digital Solutions
  • C5ISR & Networks
  • Drones & Robotics
  • Space Technologies
  • Advanced Materials
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Simulation, Training & Readiness
  • and much more!

Who Should Apply

Startups, universities, labs, SBIR/OT awardees, and companies of all sizes and commercial maturity are welcome! If you have technologies representing cutting-edge innovations and are looking to connect with either government funders and industry scouts - Submit today!

How to Participate

There is no-fee to submit into this Challenge. Submit your technologies today for review and consideration. If selected, you will be asked to secure your pitch/showcase slot through one of the three options listed below. The first step is simply to submit your technology.

Opening Soon

Pitch & Showcase

Finalists will receive notification in mid-October. If selected, you must confirm through one of the options below. Those selected to pitch receive a 2024 DTC Innovation Award Certificate, website recognition, and media kit to share their success.

Pitch Dates: December 3-5
Location: Austin, TX - JW Marriott

Innovator Experience Options

Business Pitch Only

Pitch your technology to industry and funding leadership to receive feedback and connections take your technology to the next level. This package includes one full conference registration and a discount for additional registrations.

Confirmation fee: $995

Pitch + Demos & Drinks

Pitch your technology and enjoy 10 drink tickets to share with attending leadership during happy hour. This package additionally includes a one-day turn-key table-top showcase display and one full conference registration.

Confirmation fee: $1750

Pitch + 2-day Expo

Pitch your technology and receive and turn-key 10x10 station to promote your technology for the full 2-day innovation expo. Industry and military leadership will be directed to visit your booth for maximum exposure.

Confirmation fee: $3200

For more information please contact Emma Mooney, Outreach and Project Manager at

2023 Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors & Partners

2023 SBIR/STTR Agency Partners

SBIR/STTR Agency Partners

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